Robert Castillo

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Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science

  5/14/2004  Lighthouse Theatre NY Regional Student Oscar!
  6/16/2004  Samuel Goldwyn Theatre "Academy Awards Building"
  6/16/2004  Student Academy Awards          Gold Winner!
  7/13/2004  New York International Latino Film Festival
  8/25/2004  Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios
  9/04/2004  Loisaida Cortos in New York     First Place Winner!
  9/22/2004  Goldcrest Post Productions "Fundraiser Screening NY"
10/23/2004  Urban Mediamakers Film Fest"Best Creative Short"
10/24/2004  Tarfest Short Film Festival  Los Angeles Ca.
11/05/2004  Nosotros Latino Fest "Artistic Achievement award".
11/10/2004  Special Screening at "The Art Institute of Boston"
11/10/2004  Screening at Augusta State University.
11/14/2004  SNOB Film Festival Best Animated Short  Concord, NH 
11/22/2004  Screening at Lake Superior State University.
12/02/2004  Screening at North Carolina School of The Arts.
01/30/2005  Jurors "First Prize" Black Maria Film Festival. NJ 
02/06/2005  Screened at Newark Museum of Art    Newark NJ 
02/10/2005  Cinema Society of San Diego       San Diego Ca.
02/13/2005  AMC CINEMA   Black Maria fest            W.Orange, NJ.             
03/10/2005  San Diego Latino Film Fest "Best Narrative Short" 
03/31/2005  The Virginia Film Festival  "Screening"  Virginia 
04/04/2005  The Texas Film Festival  "Screening"    D. Texas
05/14/2005  CANNES Film Festival  "Student Showcase" France
05/05/2005  Maryland Film Festival Special Screening.
10/20/2005  Westfest Film Festival                   Alpine  Texas .  
04/10/2005  Tribeca Film festival                      New York NY. 
05/19/2005  TIME Magazine Special Screening  New York,NY.
06/05/2005  Special Screening Ocean City Film Fest.    NJ.
06/24/2005  Short shorts Film Festival           TOKYO JAPAN.
07/14/2005  Atlanta Film Fest. Best Animated Short.
08/27/2005  Rooftops Film Series             Williamsburg Brooklyn.
08/30/2005  HaydenFilms Online Film fest.                  Ca. 
09/07/2005  REBELFEST International Film Fest.   TORONTO.
09/23/2005  Mini-Cinema Film Festival                  Fairmont W.V.
09/29/2005  San Diego Asian Film Fest.                 San Diego Ca.
10/13/2005  BlackBear Film Festival                         Milford, PA.
10/21/2005  Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival "Selected" 
11/05/2005  Dam Stuhltrager Gallery "Shoot"   Brooklyn NY. 


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Movie Synopsis


Drawing has been a vital part of my life since I could remember; it’s something I have been doing since I could pick up a pencil. Drawing was also the tool, which helped me communicate with others when in 1977 I stepped off a plane and made America my home. I was born here in the states but was raised in the island of Santo Domingo. S.P.I.C. is a compilation of everything I have learned and always wanted to try. The idea for this movie spawned from the need to deal with issues that were floating around inside me and The Ultimate desire to Sketch. It is also a salute or Homage to the pioneers of Animation who long ago broke ground with their amazing techniques. I feel that I have picked up where J. Stuart Blackton left off. Animation was a Vaudeville act in its infancy and it showed you how skillful these artists really were. I have a deep respect for story; I think it is a lost art form. Many movies and Animations today rely on Special effects and compositing techniques. I feel that you can’t go wrong with story especially if it’s your own story! We all have stories to tell. In my Technique of storytelling there are different levels. The first level and most important one is the narration of the story and the sound. The second level is the Visual Level, which accompanies and supports the narration or sound. One level gives you info the other level isn’t; they both work together as one. This project has been both therapeutic and Challenging, I never imagined how far it would go or how many doors it would open. The Title S.P.I.C. comes from the racist word kids called me and my family in Chelsea Mass. We never heard that word they told us it meant Special Person in Chelsea.





                                                                         Robert Castillo 2004